Anna Deavere Smith's groundbreaking one-person show takes a multi-faceted look at the Crown Heights Riots of 1991. More…
From the show:
There are three sides to every story: yours, mine and the truth. Following the deaths of a Black American boy and a young Orthodox Jewish scholar in the summer of 1991, underlying racial tensions in the nestled community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn erupted into civil outbreak. Fires in the Mirror was Anna Deavere Smith’s groundbreaking response. Birthed from a series of interviews with over fifty members of the Jewish and Black communities, the Drama Desk award-winning work translated their voices verbatim, and in the process revolutionized the genre of documentary theatre. As much provocation as it is exploration, this landmark play launches Anna Deavere Smith’s Residency 1 at Signature.
Signature is excited to work with Anna Deavere Smith to reimagine this play for new performers and collaborators.
See it if you like ADS's docu-theater w/insightful quotes fr diff perspectives. Gr acting/staging. Impt discussn of Am race relatns; highly relevant.
Don't see it if you need action. Solo show w/lots of talk. Is two hours, but goes by fast. Well worth seeing if you like challenging content. Intelligent.
See it if You love Smith’s compelling, genius storytelling style and would like to learn more about the Crown Heights riots.
Don't see it if You find that performing interview excerpts verbatim is less interesting than reading full interviews about the subject.
See it if you like to see amazing acting--1 actor playing numerous roles.Terrific staging.Problem is that the play doesn't have enough story or heart
Don't see it if you are expecting 1 of Deavere's incredible shows.This should've drawn me in more than it did.Felt too clinical.A few stories were touching
See it if Michael Benjamin Washington gives an extraordinary performance as several characters involved in the 1991 Crown Heights killings/riots.
Don't see it if If you don't like one-person shows. This is more of an exploration than a play. If you like your shows linear, this might not be for you.
See it if You enjoy docu-dramas with lines taken word for word from witnesses. Michael B. Washington does wonders with Anna Deveare Smith script
Don't see it if You prefer fiction or if you are uneasy with comments that can border on racism
See it if you are tired of polarized views and want thoughtful, intelligent even handed insight into a tragic event.
Don't see it if you don't like one man shows and prefer traditional story lines.
See it if solo show about an historical event based on Anna Deavere Smith's interviews with members of the community; issues of indentity & divisions
Don't see it if want the actor to exactly mimic the 25+ characters being voiced* & want more elaborate props to accomplish this
See it if you want to see MB Washington give a tour de force performance. Well directed, seamless costume changes. A riveting mesmerizing evening.
Don't see it if you have seen the original. This is a revival and unchanged. You must listen to every word. One person play. No "action". Not for everyone.
See it if well acted and the play holds up without Anna starring in it. topic is still relevant and was good to see it again after all this time
Don't see it if need a straight through linear narrative with dialogue. style may not be for everyone.
See it if you never got the chance to see it the first time around. Michael Benjamin Washington is amazing.
Don't see it if a play where one actor plays all 44 characters is not your thing.
See it if Like one actor shows. Are interested in NYC history and/or issues of race, identity, and religion. Appreciate stark production values.
Don't see it if You are Impatient with solo shows or historic reenactments.
See it if seeing Washington give a brilliant take on multiple characters as you revisit the Crown Heights tragic events will engage you!
Don't see it if you have a bias against one man shows or history
Also Thank Anna Deavere Smith!!
See it if This revival transcends the incident in question and powerfully addresses the causes & effects of racial tribalism. It is a brilliant work.
Don't see it if You just want to be entertained and not think or process complex societal themes that sadly are more timely than ever.
See it if With distance from the Crown Heights riots and the original production this revival brings to life a type of documentary brought to life
Don't see it if You don’t want a mosaic type approach incorporating commentary and actual interviews with people involved in the events at its core
See it if you want to see a strong performance in this one-man show consisting of a series of monologues, many of which are quite powerful.
Don't see it if you want to watch a narrative play with a traditional plot and multiple characters. Parts are impactful, but some parts drag a bit.
See it if You'd like drama on 1991 Crown Heights riots, triggered by the accidental death of 7-yr-old Gavin Cato & knifing/murder of Yankel Rosenbaum.
Don't see it if Race relations & historical events don't interest to you, even in a profound historical play composed of excerpted witness interviews.
See it if you want to see a tour de force of both writing and acting
Don't see it if you can't follow jumping between characters or can't sit through almost two hours without an intermission
See it if you want drama that relates to urban life. This solo performance is extraordinary.
Don't see it if want something light or musical, or if you really cannot tolerate solo performances (even when they are wonderful).
See it if Monologues based on interviews played by 1 actor - a shapeshifter for 20+ characters; structural racism exposed by a tragedy in 1991;
Don't see it if Racism or anti Semitic language triggers you; 110 min no intermission; very heavy content, thank god the actor finds humor within;
See it if you are open to exploring multiple views of a particular series of incidents. Also, if you're a fan of Anna Deavere Smith.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays with one actor impersonating many people. Also, you can't sit still for one hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.
See it if One man show who performs variety of characters to discuss race, and set the context by observers of the Crown Heights riots
Don't see it if if you are tired of race as a theme for plays or if you prefer musicals
See it if you did (it closed). Awesome. Virtuoso acting by Mr. Washington. Somehow maybe even better than the original, which I saw, with Ms. Smith.
Don't see it if you didn't. It's closed. What a tour de force you missed!
See it if you want to be challenged to think, see timeless challenges to our society expressed through multiple eyes, told with care and insight,
Don't see it if you're looking for a linear plot, happy endings, high production and light entertainment,
See it if you like 1 person shows with insights into a newsworthy event. Actor plays a multitude of characters with dialogue from actual transcripts.
Don't see it if you don't like 1 person shows and have no interest in powerful social injustice incidents.